https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2022/09/09/shocker-conclusion-of-byus-investigation-into-alleged-racial-slur-will-not-be-picked-up-by-media-as-fast-as-the-original-accusation-if-at-all/

Toward the end of last month the media was ablaze with a story about how a person in the stands at a volleyball game between Duke and Brigham Young University shouted a racial slur at a Duke player. The alleged shouted slur of course was passed along breathlessly by non-skeptical media outlets including “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, USA Today, and CNN. Campus police investigated and it soon became clear that the alleged incident never happened.

Today BYU announced the results of the university’s full investigation, and came to the same conclusion:

Will the media who immediately reported the claim be equally as fast to get out the news that the original story was totally made-up? Don’t hold your breath.

We’ll just go ahead and assume that’s the redundant question of the day.

No matter how many times these types of stories end up being untrue the media’s zeal to run with the claims immediately as fact never dissipates.

From BYU’s statement:

From our extensive review, we have not found any evidence to corroborate the allegation that fans engaged in racial heckling or uttered racial slurs at the event. As we stated earlier, we would not tolerate any conduct that would make a student-athlete feel unsafe. That is the reason for our immediate response and our thorough investigation.

As a result of our investigation, we have lifted the ban on the fan who was identified as having uttered racial slurs during the match. We have not found any evidence that that individual engaged in such an activity. BYU sincerely apologizes to that fan for any hardship the ban has caused.

Our fight is against racism, not against any individual or any institution. Each person impacted has strong feelings and experiences, which we honor, and we encourage others to show similar civility and respect. We remain committed to rooting out racism wherever it is found. We hope we can all join together in that important fight.

How about starting to hold accountable the people who report false claims in the first place?

The next time there’s an allegation the media will be all over it yet again. And then they wonder why their credibility is in the toilet.

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Related:

Uh-oh, media firefighters! Looks like that story about BYU student pelting Duke volleyball player with racial slurs was a hoax after all

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